The Present

Meetings are held Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the New Providence NJ Presbyterian Church, 1307 Springfield Ave, New Providence NJ 07974, and simultaneously by Zoom (send email to [email protected] for access) These "hybrid" meetings are attended by about 100 members. Coffee is available in the hall by 9:30 a.m. The usual program starts with some songs, a few jokes, and reports from committee & activity Chairmen, followed by a talk on a timely and interesting subject.
        Because of the size and quality of the audience, the Old Guard attracts excellent outside speakers. 
        Meetings held on the last Tuesday include recognition of members'  whose birthdays are in the following month.
        In addition to weekly plenary meetings, there are activities as noted elsewhere on this website.
        When there is a school closing in New Providence due to bad weather, snow, ice, etc., the New Providence Presbyterian Church, where we meet,  usually closes as well or switches to delayed opening.  In either case, the Old Guard meeting moves completely online via Zoom.  (For school closure notices see ). 


The Old Guard of Summit operates under by-laws providing for an annual election of a Director, Vice Director and the appointment of Committees described.  All are volunteers.

The By-Laws and Procedures Manual expresses current By-Laws, procedures and practices.  This Manual was historically referred to as "The Blue Book".


A number of forms are used in running Old Guard.   Most can be downloaded from The Blue Book page.


PO Box 544, New Providence, NJ 07974
(908) 591-4759
[email protected] 

Website contact:  [email protected] 
(908) 591-4759

Membership Chair: John Dory
[email protected]
​(908) 464-6166

The Old Guard of the Summit NJ area was founded by E. Marvin Herberd and 31 associates on December 2, 1930.  The purpose of the organization is to provide retired business and professional men with good fellowship and stimulating activities and to be a haven for renewal and purpose.
       When the Old Guard was formed, the orchid was adopted as a symbol for the organization because Summit was well known for orchid hybridizing and production.  Here is a historical paper about the orchid in Summit: [.OrchidHistory.pdf.].
       Over the years we have been the model for more than twenty other Old Guard groups.

Annual Reports


      To become a member, you are invited to attend one or more meetings as a guest of a sponsoring member (or of the Membership Committees -- the Chair is shown at the right).  If further interested, you will be asked to submit an application form to the Membership Chair. 
      Following that, your sponsor will introduce you at a meeting, summarize your credentials, and nominate you for membership.
      Membership is open to men over 50, but all visitors are welcome at meetings -- including all ages, and women as well as men.
      Jacket and tie are preferred at plenary meetings but business casual is acceptable. During the months of May through September, more casual attire (but tasteful) is fine.
       Dues are $30 a year plus a $5 initiation fee and can be paid by using  this dues link.
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Our 2023 Annual Report, compiled by Historian Mitch Erickson, shows that we had a great 2023 with many memorable events!